Teachers Journeying with Transgender Students

Two articles by New Direction staff members were published in the February edition of the Christian Educators Journal.  We wanted to reprint the articles here for those who haven’t had an opportunity to review the journal. The first article can be found here.  The second, by Wendy Gritter, raises some of the unique realities our…

Tips for Teachers to Support LGBTQ+ Youth

Two articles by New Direction staff members were published in the February edition of the Christian Educators Journal.  We wanted to reprint the articles here for those who haven’t had an opportunity to review the journal. In the first, Beth Carlson-Malena shares some of the experiences members of our Generous Space community shared with her…

Rev. Michael Blair on Black History Month

In celebration of Black History Month, we interviewed Rev. Michael Blair, one of the keynote speakers at our upcoming Generous Space Retreat in Orillia, ON.  Michael is a member of the Order of Ministry in the United Church of Canada and serves the General Council of the United Church of Canada as Executive Minister of the Church in Mission…

Responding to Resistance to Generous Space

At its core, generous space acknowledges that on the question of covenanted same-sex relationships faithful Christians disagree about what is appropriate for a disciple of Jesus. We promote the idea that the church ought to make room for people to be honest about their convictions and/or their uncertainty on this matter without pressure to conform…

Advent 3: JOY in the Generous Space Community

This week’s Advent theme is JOY.  (If you haven’t already, check out our last two weeks’ Advent posts on hope and peace.) Coming out as an LGBTQ+ Christian can be a very difficult process, but it can also bring unexpected moments of overwhelming joy.  We asked our community members to describe one of the most joyful…

Context with Lorna Dueck

About a month ago, Wendy appeared on Context with Lorna Dueck on a panel with Glenn Stanton of Focus on the Family.  They discussed emotional health, conflict, and forgiveness, especially in the context of families with LGBTQ+ members. Watch the 8-minute segment here – it starts around the 7:15 mark.